Forest Lake Christian boys basketball coach Jason Camacho hadn’t beat Sacramento Waldorf since joining the Falcons’ staff four years ago.
Camacho’s now the head coach, and just one game into the Central Valley California League season, he can cross that off the list of things to do.
The Falcons opened the CVCL season Thursday night with a 52-45 home win over the Waves, snapping an eight-game losing streak to last year’s league champs.
“As a co-coach for four years, I’ve never beat (Sac Waldorf),” Camacho said. “For the first time, it feels pretty good.”
Forest Lake Christian (11-4, 1-0 CVCL) utilized its multi-weapon attack and pressure defense to overcome a seven-point first-quarter deficit.
After a dismal six-point first quarter, FLC’s offense exploded in the second with 23 points, led by Chase Augustino’s 11. The junior guard played tenacious defense that led to steals and easy baskets. He then capped his strong quarter with a nice dribble move that created separation for a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net.
Augustino finished the night with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, four assists and four steals.
“The turning point was when our shots started to go down,” Augustino said. “That motivates us to play harder defense, get the ball back and keep scoring.”
Brandon Camacho was second in scoring for the Falcons with 12, despite being in foul trouble for most of the first half. Camacho also tallied five steals and three rebounds.
After taking a seven-point halftime lead, 29-22, the Falcons held the Waves at bay until a flurry of 3-pointers saw Sac Waldorf creep back into the game.
Jack Dean hit 3-pointers on consecutive Sac Waldorf possessions in the fourth and brought the Waves crashing to within two at 47-45.
Dean finished with 23 points, including seven 3-pointers.
With under a minute to play and the momentum swaying the Waves’ way, Augustino set up the Falcons’ offense. The speedy guard beat his defender and started toward the hoop, drawing the Waves’ defense. He then kicked out to an open Luke Jordan who sank the open 3-pointer to give the Falcons a five-point lead with less than 40 seconds on the clock.
Jordan, a junior transfer from Placer, played for the first time this season after waiting out the Sac-Joaquin Section 30-day sit out period for transfers.
Jordan shrugged off some early rust to hit a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter and the clutch 3-pointer that put FLC up by five with 40 seconds left to play.
“It felt pretty good,” Jordan said of hitting the late 3-pointer. “It feels good to be back with the team and be able to help them out.”
Jordan finished with 11 points, three assists and three steals.
The undersized Falcon front court, led by Roman Makovey and Josh Dreschler, did a great job of slowing Sac Waldorf’s 6-foot, 7-inch Dylan McElligot, holding him to a mere five points in the game.
The Falcons were out rebounded 33-20 on the night but made up for it with 14 steals to the Waves’ one.
The Falcons will look to go 2-0 in league play today when they travel to take on Woodland Christian.
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